Bubbie's Magical Hair

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2021
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Author Biography

Abbe Rolnick grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Her first major cultural jolt occurred at age 15 when her family moved to Miami Beach, Florida. After attending Boston University, she lived in Puerto Rico, where she owned a bookstore. Her writings include: River of Angels, Color of Lies, and Founding Stones novels in the Generation of Secrets Series, as well as Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation to Love Deeply, and Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the Way.
Abbe lives with her husband Jim, amid twenty acres in Skagit Valley, Washington. Visit her website, www.abberolnick.com.

When I became a Bubbie, I had the overwhelming desire to share my legacy and that of my own Bubbie with my grandkids. Bubbie’s Magical Hair is a metaphor. As Bubbie ages and the grandkids grow older, Bubbie’s hair reflects changes. When she cuts her hair, she lets go of parts of her life and releases her living history to the world. Birds take bits into their nests. Bunnies take the pieces into their burrows. The children see renewal each year.
Bubbie was my mentor, the woman who shared with me her early life in Russia, her arrival in the United States, and her rise to being an independent woman. I retain a photo of my grandparents on my bookshelf. Their stories have crept into essays and novels. Writing a children’s book with whimsical illustrations celebrates her magic. Sparks the imagination.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

Bubbie’s Magical Hair by Abbe Rolnick is a delightful children’s picture book about the adventures and travels that Bubbie goes on with her long graying hair, trailing and whirling around herself and the other people and creatures that surround her. The narrative style is poetic and insightful and needs no rhyme scheme to guide it. The illustrations by Lynda Porter create a sensation of warmth with smiling faces and twinkling eyes. A color palette that is on a softer pastel side graces each of the pages, where the colors are beautifully muted in some areas and brighter in others to create an impactful scene, to draw the reader's eye. The narration and illustrations work together fabulously to create a wonderful cohesion of both the world of words and the world of art.

Bubbie’s Magical Hair by Abbe Rolnick and artist Lynda Porter caught me off guard by the profound sweetness that they were able to generate in this children’s picture book. As someone with very long hair, who recently had a bit of a cut, I could relate even more to Bubbie when her locks got shortened. There was a sadness at first, watching the pieces of hair fall to the wayside, in that they had traveled so far with her, but also the happiness of new growth that would come. Bubbie’s Magical Hair by Abbe Rolnick and artist Lynda Porter is a children’s picture book that will touch every heart that reads it, old and young.